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(Discover)   "Dung beetles are truly amazing insects. They roll giant balls of poop around (of which they have favorite flavors, of course); they often come with giant horns; they can navigate using the stars; and now we find out that some of them can gallop"   ( divider line
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2014-08-04 09:31:47 AM

"Ain't that some sh**t?"

2014-08-04 09:50:54 AM  
What are brown and sound like number 9?

/so sorry
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-04 10:43:20 AM  
Doesn't the article provide its own explanation? They only have four usable legs. They needed to design/evolve a new gait.

Many butterflies also have only four usable legs. Has anybody studied their gait? They prefer to fly rather than walk, so maybe they don't need to do anything elegant.

Non-biting midges in subfamily Chironominae also have only four legs usable for walking, the front pair being held up like antennae. Again, they aren't fond of walking. I should shoot video next time I see one. Maybe I'll get a paper out of it.
2014-08-04 11:23:04 AM  
Galloping dung beetles, Batman!
2014-08-04 12:01:32 PM
♫ He's got the whole world, in his hands  ♫

/OK, technically that disk is supported to represent the Sun
//Oh, and technically beetles don't have feathered wings
/// its one of the symbolic thingies
2014-08-04 12:40:23 PM  
"Dave, take your headphones off. Dave. DAVE! DAVID!!!"
2014-08-04 02:32:43 PM  
I know people who figuratively push giant balls of shiat about, but that's where the similarity ends.
2014-08-04 03:15:28 PM  
Worst. Sisyphus Duty. Ever.
2014-08-04 05:29:27 PM  
2014-08-05 02:12:37 AM  
"Why these beetles have shifted so radically away from the most widely used walking style on our planet is as yet unknown."

I'm going to hazard a guess it has something to do with how they've adapted to push a ball of dung around with their rear legs to such a degree that they have trouble walking "normally".
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